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AREA 20 Horse Trials Qualifier 2016

At Lower House Farm, Llanymynech
We entered two teams for this year’s qualifiers at Radfords, Llanymynech in June. We had a team of 4 for the 80cm class, plus Nicole as an individual. The course was well designed and rode very well, but as the day unfolded, it seemed a lot of combinations were having problems out on XC and a couple of fences were proving to be difficult. About half the competitors did not complete, so to get all 5 from our team round was quite an achievement and the team finished 6th. A great start to the morning! In the 90cm, our team had their ups & downs with Elspeth finishing 8th and the team 10th. We only had Emma Duncombe in the 100cm, who unfortunately didn’t complete. Many thanks to all the helpers who offered their services to help set up beforehand and also on the day.

80cm team – 6th overall
Rachel Wooley (Ballyowen Rose) 8th
Vicki Luxmoore (September Draw) 7th
Ali Harper (Garthfach Rubix) 3rd
Helen Hathaway (Bechan Delinquent) 6th
Indv 80cm Nicole Bartholomew (Mark Twain) 8th

90cm team – 10th
Vicky Robson (Tempest River Queen)
Sue Jones (Springtime Lover)
Meg Davies (Go Go Rio)
Elspeth Carr (My Top Diplomat)
My 3rd place qualified us for the BRC championships at Swalciffe which is a fantastic venue using the undulating landscape to build a challenging, twisty XC course; much more difficult than the courses I have ever ridden before.  We went down the day before and were stabled next to other riders in our area who were very friendly.

Jack didn’t do his best dressage, which was frustrating. He was very lively having been stabled somewhere strange the night before, but we stayed within the boards which I was determined to do, as my aim was to complete all 3 phases

The SJ was busy with lots going on, but Jack jumped very well and only rolled one pole, so I was very pleased.

We had a fantastic XC round and went clear.  We picked up a couple of time penalties which was down to my lack of experience riding such a twisty and hilly course, but Jack bounced round and gave me a fantastic ride. I’m really glad I did extra fitness work with him in preparation.

We finished 22nd which I am really pleased with.  I had so much fun and learned lots from having the opportunity to go and compete at this level, I’m already thinking about how we could do it better if we ever get the chance to go again.

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Area 20 Qualifier and Championship Dates 2016


Area 20 Qualifiers 2016

Horse Trials Area 20 Llanymynech 25th June
Dressage Llandudno Caerwys 3rd July
Show Jumping Bradley Dale Ashwood Equestrian 23rd July
Dressage to Music Delamere Reaseheath 14th August


2016 BRC Championship Dates

Festival of the Horse 4 – 5 June Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 6RT

Horse Trials 5 – 7 August Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 5EX

National Championships 10 – 11 September
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA

Dressage to Music & Quadrille Selection Trial 30 Sept – 2 October TBC Bury Farm Equestrian Village; New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks. LU7 9BT

Quadrille Final TBC TBC

Horse Trials on June 21st 2015 at Llanymynech

Well this year we had a great response to our team plea, for Area Horse Trial qualifiers
We had a team representing each class, so an 80,90 & 100

80 team, Ali Harper, Justine Roberts, Meg Davies & Sam Davies
Sadly 1 member fell foul to the vaccination rule, so had to go HC, so this made us a team of 3, however we all knuckled down & managed to come a credible team 5th out of 15 teams. Picking up individual places too of 2x 6 th & a 7th

90 Team. Laura Smith, Vicky Robson, Elspeth Carr & Rachel Wooley
Again we had a a great team & they finished 5 out of 14 teams, Vicky getting an individual 5th!

100 Team. Sally Poppe, Rachel Tudor Davies, Becky King, & Rebekah Jackson
Sadly we had an admin error on this team. I failed to write which class it was & area instead of questioning assumed it was a 90. I tried to change as I had declared them as a 100 team at the beginning of the competition, but it wasn’t to be. Again ladies, I am so sorry.
On this note Sally & Rebekah decided to withdraw as the ground was pretty solid & didn’t want to risk their super horses. Becky &Rachel both ran individually in the 100. Both girls had a great day with fab clear XC rounds. I hope it hasn’t put you off for next year!

So all in all we represented the club very well I think, with our club up in the Top 6 twice

Many many thanks to our wonderful helpers, Elspeth for providing the gazebo for the dressage judges to sit along with tables, tablecloths & chairs! Rachel for coming to help set it up along with the arenas, also Sue Jones, Julie Phillips.
On the day, we had a great picnic for the judges, everybody made some lovely food, Justine’s mum for lovely cakes, Heather Jones, Gina Williams for being our hostess’ delivering around the arenas
It’s quite a stressful day to organise on top of sorting food out for the judges, but by the end of the day, I think it all ran pretty smoothly!! Most people were smiling! I hope I haven’t missed anyone off, again I apologise if I have!

Jean Gow Trophy 2015

Jo Nunnerley receives the Jean Gow trophy
Jo was chosen for the award this year because she has triumphed over adversity to finish as the highest placed VVRC member at our ODE at Berriewood this year. Jo has come back to riding after breaking her back a few years ago, and despite having two young children, she has managed to produce a young horse to competition standard.
A well-deserved choice for the award this year

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